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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

Cabot SPR appeal: A welcome outcome for unsecured lenders in Scotland

Walker Morris partner Rob Aberdein explains an appeal allowed by the Sheriff Appeal Court which clarifies that the “interventionist and problem-solving approach” required of sheriffs under the new Simple Procedure Rules Simple Procedure Rules (SPR) for low value claims does not extend to undefended claims.  The appeal concerned a number of test cases and will […]

Industry responds to SME access to the FOS

The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

Cyber security, separation and self-protection online

Social media has many benefits, enabling us to keep in touch with old and new friends alike, sharing special moments with ‘followers’, organising events or tracking exercise progress. However, there is a dark side to the web.  Every click, post or search adds to your very own digital footprint, this leaves everyone vulnerable to exploitation. […]

Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the Law on the Amendment and Completion of the Accounting Law No. 82/1991, Amendment and Completion of the Companies Law No. 31/1990 and Amendment and Completion of Law No. 1/2005, on the organisation and functioning of cooperative companies. Before entering into force, the law will have to be promulgated by […]

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Rowe & Maw gains ICI's deputy general counsel

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Perrin's View

Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted at leslie.perrin@osborneclarke.com I am as baffled as a trainee in a magic circle firm who has been given a weekend off. The cause of my confusion is pro bono work. While I admire the dedication of lawyers who work pro bono, I am […]

Scuffle of the week

British American Tobacco v the Health Select Committee. BAT’s chairman Martin Broughton accused MPs on the committee of running a ‘kangaroo court’ after they asked him and former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, the company’s deputy chairman, about allegations regarding smuggling cigarettes into Canada. At the committee, Broughton ripped up an internal memo referring to smuggling and […]

Law school to teach pro-bono

The goal is to provide all students with the opportunity to engage in pro bono work and get a credit for it. The College’s chief executive Professor Nigel Savage says: “Law schools have a key role to play in instilling and fostering a pro bono culture amongst their students. “Pro bono experience produces students better […]

Divisions avoid clash of interests

Amalgamating the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions would render the administration of chancery business unworkable, argues Hohn Mowbray. In Last week’s The Lawyer, Michael Briggs QC argued that the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions should be amalgamated, but there is absolutely no need for this. The substitution of an equity or chancery “list” or “lists” […]

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